Sample Statements of Inclusion:

Woodlawn UMC: Reconciling Congregation in Birmingham, AL
“Woodlawn United Methodist Church is a family of God dedicated to worshiping, learning, and serving with all people as we embrace Jesus Christ’s message of love and acceptance. Together we are called to share God’s love through ministry with and around our immediate community and beyond. We are committed to a ministry built on the themes of reconciliation, friendship, compassion, and service to others. As a United Methodist Church we stand fully behind the statement open hearts, open minds, and open doors. Building on our tradition and the welcoming of those who have come before, we celebrate our diversity and invite all persons regardless of age, gender identity, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, marital or socioeconomic status, nationality, physical or mental ability into full participation in the life of this community of faith. May we continue together in the hard work of reconciliation and love for all people.”
Living Faith UMC: Putnam, CT
“Living Faith United Methodist Church celebrates that all persons are created in God’s image and are of sacred worth. We are a faith community that welcomes persons without regard to age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, religious background, economic status, or developmental and physical ability. Living Faith United Methodist Church welcomes the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of Living Faith United Methodist Church.”
A possible statement for Inman Park Church:
“Inman Park United Methodist Church holds inclusivity as a defining value. We embrace Jesus’ message that God loves and accepts every person, and so our welcome knows no boundaries. In that spirit, we welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or legal status, physical or mental ability, and economic condition into full  participation in the life and leadership of our congregation. Whoever you are and wherever you have been, you are a child of God and you are welcome here.”